Sharing Parker’s ♥

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first week of life with little Parker.  We have enjoyed the many visits from family and friends to welcome him into this world.

With Mommy

With Mommy

With Daddy

With Daddy

With Tara

With Tara

With Lisa and Esther

With Lisa and Esther

With Aunt Marie and Rachel

With Aunt Marie and Rachel

With Jen

With Jen

With Nanny and Aunt Amanda

With Nanny and Aunt Amanda

With Nana

With Nana

With Lizzie Lou

With Lizzie Lou

With Grandpa

With Grandpa

With Grandma Ren

With Grandma Ren

With uncle Chris

With uncle Chris

He’s how big???

Holy Moly he’s here!  9lbs 3oz and 22″ long.  Can you  BELIEVE I squeezed that out of my…well…, nevermind.  The “Poll Happy” results were a little off, but that’s okay.  We’re just SO happy he’s here.  He’s our little nine pound bundle of love and we wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world.  He’s our little Parker Pooh, and he’s absolutely PERFECT.

There’s an end in sight!

On Monday I didn’t think Thursday would ever get here.  Now that we’ve been to the doctor, we are so excited to see that there is an end in sight!  At the appointment today I had a non-stress test, which is a standard test for patients that go past their due date.  This tests the fetal heart rate and contractions for 20 minutes to make sure that there aren’t any abnormalities in the pattern or anything that would indicate umbilical cord compressions or fetal distress.  Since I wasn’t having any contractions, it was just monitoring the fetal heartbeat.  Then we went to get another ultrasound to test the amniotic fluid to ensure that there is a proper amount.  It was incredible to see him in the womb at this stage in my pregnancy.  We were able to see a full head of hair!!  It was simply amazing to see.

Everything checked out as normal and the doctor scheduled me for my induction.  Unless I go into labor beforehand, on the evening of Sunday, 9/20 I will go into labor and delivery to begin my induction.  I will stay the night at the hospital and begin IV induction Monday morning and hopefully deliver sometime Monday night 9/21.  I can’t wait to meet this little guy!  The words “PUSH” will sound so heavenly by then.

Yesterday I enjoyed spending time with my grandmother.  We went to see the movie “Julie and Julia” and had a nice lunch.  She’s such a wise woman and I admire her a lot.  She is a strong woman of God, mother of 7, grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of soon to be 4!  She shared with me her first pregnancy and delivery experience when she was only 19 years of age.  Let’s just say I’m SO thankful to be living in this modern age!  Any time I get to spend with her is such a blessing.  I learn so much about family, faith and the small things in life.  I hope when I’m her age that I can be just a bit of the amazement that she is.

The next few weeks we’ll be very busy visiting with family.  I’m so excited  to see my uncle Ben and aunt Debbie flying in from Alaska, my uncle Norris and aunt Liane and their two daughters traveling from Tampa, and also my Dad, Step-mom Rennie and brother Christopher will also be in town.  Dan’s Mom will be visiting the same weekend, traveling from Charleston and I believe my Mom will be staying with us for a few days to help out with the baby too.  This will be like Christmas and Thanksgiving all wrapped into one!  The more I think about it, the more overwhelming it sounds.  Good thing the maids are coming tomorrow.  Housework is the farthest thing from my mind right now.  If I get through the next few weeks without a nervous breakdown then we’ll be doing good!   I’m certain with God’s strength, everything else will fall into place and go according to his plan.  Of course the most important member of the family I get to meet will be my son and absolutely nothing beats that!

If not when, then WHEN?

40 Weeks

40 Weeks

That was the question we had for the doctor today.  Unfortunately, she didn’t have a definitive answer to our question.  She said my cervix wasn’t ready for induction because it is not dilated enough, and it would put me at a higher risk for a c-section, which is not something I want.  So now we just wait.  We have another doctor’s appointment on Thursday and they will check my cervix and amniotic fluid levels, as well as do an ultrasound.  That’s if I make it until Thursday.  She said that I could go anytime!  Yesterday I had what felt like my first contraction.  We were walking at Wills Park and on the last stretch of the walk I started to get chills and my belly felt rock hard for about 30 seconds.  I was SO excited.  Dan looked at his watch and was ready to count until the next one, but nothing happened after that.  That was my second walk of the day and that was probably my body’s way of saying enough!  The good news is that I know now that I’m only looking at a week at the latest for when Parker will be here!  If everything goes unchanged, then they’ll induce me sometime on Sunday 9/20.

So, on Friday night the Scalini’s dinner didn’t induce labor within 48 hrs like they promised.  But what it did do was make us THINK I was going into labor.  I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid so I called my doctor.  She told me to come into Labor and Delivery to get checked since I was so close to my due date.  We arrived at the hospital at 1:30am, and to make a long story short, it took them until 7am to tell me that it was not amniotic fluid, and just normal pregnancy hoopla.  So, we got home on Saturday morning by 8am exhausted from the long night that will only mean a big bill in the end.  It was very disappointing, but hey…at least I got some of the paperwork over with ahead of time, and I got to test out the labor and delivery bed.  Pretty comfy and the room is HUGE.  Hopefully we’ll have some big exciting news within the next few days!

Scalini’s Italian Experiment

Tonight for dinner Dan and I decided to go to Scalini’s in Marietta. Their claim to fame is that if you eat their eggplant parmesan in your ninth month of pregnancy, that you’re guaranteed to go into labor within 48 hours. We’ll keep you posted on if it works! If it does, then we get a free dinner for two and a Scalini’s shirt for little Parker.  Either way, we enjoyed the food, and it was a great atmosphere.  We got a kick out of the wall of babies on their wall.  I got to sign the infamous book of other ladies who dared to try their hand at fate (I say dared as if eating eggplant parmesan is equal to scaling a 20 story building) to see if they can in turn meet their new member of their family.  I think Italian food has been kind-of a staple in “new beginnings” for us since Dan and I met for the first time in Marietta in the Italian restaurant Spaghetti Warehouse so how far fetched would it be to meet Parker after a delicious dinner at another Italian restaurant in the same town by a different name?  We shall see!

Pack Rats and Elephants

Last week on my first week home, I became an organizing mad woman.  As you can see in the tour of our nursery that we’re pretty set for baby Parker.

So, after this I moved on to other areas of the house that needed organizing. In the kitchen, I removed everything from under the sink and reorganized and wiped out. I cleaned out everything from the laundry room, and then I went to the master bath where I reorganized every drawer in the bathroom. Ahh…it feels so nice to get rid of my old semi-pack rat habits. I had like six old mascaras in that drawer! I’m turning over a new leaf…It’s a clean slate!

Cosmetic Drawer

Toiletries

First aid and Medicine Drawer

I know you think I’m the biggest dork for taking pictures of my progress, but you have to understand.  I’m not employed right now.  I need something to keep myself occupied and encouraged or I will literally go insane.

Yesterday we decided to use our coupons for the Atlanta Zoo and visit some animals. I wanted to get some exercise outside and we’ve already walked around the neighborhood loop a billion times and gone to Wills Park to walk Lizzie and take her to Waggy World.  So, the Atlanta Zoo was the perfect plan.  There’s something about viewing furry cute animal friends that taps right into my Maternal instincts too.   Maybe I was subconsciously hoping that it would induce labor.  Hey, it is Labor day weekend.  Is it really too much to ask?

Dan got some really great shots of some of the animals.  Here are just a few of my favorites  for your viewing pleasure.
Zoo 01
Zoo 02
Zoo 03

Out with the old and in with the Poo

It’s only been three days and I feel so weird not going into work.  To be honest, I can’t say I really hate being home.  I love the people I worked with, but I feel like I’m getting so much accomplished at home preparing for my little bundle of love.   This is just a glimpse of what I miss:
Danielle Shawnda

Peggy My old messy desk =)

oh, my poor name plate... Pete & Mary in Target...I couldn't resist including this pic!

Of course, there are many more people and things that I miss… Some things that I don’t…can you say TIMESHEET?? uggh..

It’ll be hard adjusting to my new project: Project Parker.  Much harder than any of my projects that I’ve ever had at Verizon. I loved getting new projects at work because to me it was a new challenge, and a new chance to figure out a solution and prove myself as a valued team member. For project Parker, the challenge is MUCH more grand, the stakes are MUCH higher, and the pressure to prove myself is multiplied. I feel that I have prepared as much as I can for the delivery; which feels like the ultimate “pressure to perform”, as well as some of the common struggles that a new parent faces. So, now I need not to worry and ask God to equip me with all the patience, endurance and SLEEP that a new parent needs to make Phase 1 of Project Parker a success. =)